by: Marie Benedict
Between the World Wars, the six Mitford sisters dominate the English political, literary, and social scenes. Though they’ve weathered scandals before, the family falls into disarray when Diana divorces her husband to marry a fascist leader and Unity follows her sister’s lead, inciting rumors that she’s become Hitler’s own mistress.
Novelist Nancy Mitford is the only member of her family to keep in touch with Diana and Unity after their desertion, so it falls to her to act when her sisters become spies for the Nazi party.
Probing the torrid political climate of World War II and the ways that sensible people can be sucked into radical action, The Mitford Affair follows Nancy’s valiant efforts to end the war and the cost of placing loyalty to her country above loyalty to her family.
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓
The Mitford sisters are certainly having their moment right now. Did any of you catch the Amazon Prime miniseries The Pursuit of Love? I highly recommend it. Also, my friend Joey Basta is developing a fascinating screenplay on them that I so enjoyed reading. That being said, I had high hopes for this book. The Mitford Affair follows the path of 3 of the 6 sisters during the 1930’s (pre- WW2) and their unsavory political leanings and allegiance to the Nazi party. Ironically, they were first cousins with Winston Churchill’s wife! This story was hard to stomach and, in all honesty, it got kind of boring halfway through. I listened on audible. Their posh British accents were like delightful birdsong, but it was definitely my least favorite book of the month.
Holly says: 🤓🤓🤓
Oh my! Did you ever just want to smack some sense into someone? Well this book, just wanted to do that multiplied by 6 for each of the Mitford sisters – and 2 more times for Muv and Favre. Granted this is historical fiction, not my favorite genre, but these people were just annoying – well, maybe Nancy was tolerable. They were like the Kardashians of the 1930’s. I’m trying to understand the fascination, but I can’t quite grasp it. This is about the Mitfords’ lives during the earlier part of World War II – and they manage to become intertwined with many of the major historical figures. Not my cup of tea, but I would recommend for historical fiction fans.